Day 1 : Auckland to Hahei
Depart Auckland at 7:30am and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We’ll settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa pool in the sand (tide dependent). Accommodation: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront Included Activities: Hot Water Beach visit
Day 2 : FREE day in Hahei
Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a guided boat tour through the cliffs and caves of the nearby marine reserve. Accommodation: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront Optional Activities: Kayaking, guided boat tour Free Activities: Walk to Cathedral Cove, sunrise on the beach
Day 3 : Hahei to Rotorua
We leave Hahei early travelling through to Paeroa, home of New Zealand’s oldest and largest soft drinks company – L&P, where we’ll stop for breakfast. Our drive today will take us through the Waikato region, known for its many dairy farms, rolling hills and the mighty Waikato River (the largest river in New Zealand). This afternoon you’ll have free time to explore the sights and smells of Rotorua. Accommodation included: Comfortable central city hostel Optional activities: White-water rafting, zorbing, adrenaline fuelled adventure park (big swings, bungees and more) Free activities: Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest walk
Day 4 : Free day in Rotorua
Often labelled the adventure capital of the North Island, you have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area rich in Maori heritage, adventure activities and bubbling geothermal wonders. There are plenty of exciting local activities to get the adrenaline pumping, such as whitewater rafting, ziplining through native bush, zorbing or a truly unique guided jet boat adventure up to bath in a hot waterfall. Alternatively you can sign up for a guided tour through the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set. The choice is yours! Accommodation included: Comfortable central city hostel Optional activities: Hobbiton Movie Set tour, river jet tour, zip lining, zorbing, geothermal parks, luging, Maori village & performance experience
Day 5 : Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. We depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. We will meet a local Maori guide who share the area’s history and take us to visit sacred archaeological sites. At the lodge, our hosts will show you how to prepare the traditional Hangi that will be tonight’s dinner and share the stories about their local legends around the fire. (D) Accommodation: Scenic lakefront lodge Included Activities: Kohutapu Experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, introduction to Murupara area history, delicious ground cooked hangi feast and breakfast. Optional Activities: White water rafting, Zorbing, ziplining
Day 6 : Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station
After breakfast we depart and head to Taupo to see Huka Falls and the impressive great lake. For the brave hearted, we have time for skydiving! At 10am we make our way to Blue Duck Station, a 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Settle in and learn a little more about what makes this destination so special. Spend the evening listening to tales from this unique region. (B) Accommodation: Country station lodge Optional Activities: Skydiving Free activities: Huka Falls, enjoy your hosts’ hospitality and stories on the local wildlife and history.
Day 7 : Free Day in Blue Duck Station
Today you have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location in depth. The included 4WD farm tour will give you just a taste of life in remote, rural New Zealand. There are plenty of other farming and conservation-based activities for you to experience around the property as well. Accommodation: Country station lodge Included Activities: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour Optional Activities: Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting Free activities: Take in the lush scenery with a walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall.
Day 8 : Blue Duck Station (via Tongariro) to Raetihi
We depart early and head to the active volcanoes of the nearby dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Today you get a chance to do one of the world’s best one day walks: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for some epic scenery as you walk over active volcanos and around the base of “Mt Doom” from the Lord of the Rings films. Accommodation: Historic residence with mountain views Optional Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Free activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre.
Day 9 : Raetihi to Wellington
Depart 8:30am. We head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. You have the afternoon to cruise around the shops and cafes along popular Cuba Street, explore the New Zealand wonders found in Te Papa Museum or stroll along the waterfront. Accommodation: Central city hostel Free Activities: Walk Oriental Parade, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, visit Te Papa National Museum.
Day 10 : Wellington to Auckland
Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via Raetihi to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end when you arrive in the early evening. We hope you had a blast on your Stray Journey!